We are tremendously excited to announce that Mark Shapiro will become the new Music Director of the PEI Symphony, effective May 1, 2013. Mr. Shapiro was the guest conductor for the PEI Symphony concert in February which was a highlight of this past season and a triumph of music and musicians over a significant snowstorm.
A versatile and talented conductor, Mark Shapiro is one of a handful of conductors in the United States to have won a prestigious ASCAP Programming Award four times, achieving the unique distinction of winning this award with more than one ensemble. He is also the winner of multiple citations for performance and programming from The American Prize. His performances have been praised by the New York Times for their “virtuosity and assurance,” which also remarked on their “uncommon polish.” The New Jersey Star-Ledger characterized his artistic leadership as “erudite and far-reaching.”
Shapiro’s engagements in 2012-13 include a return concert with the Juilliard School to conduct a double bill of operas by Britten and Vaughan Williams; the concert premiere of Paul Crabtree’s new opera “The Ghost Train” with Carolina Coast Chamber Music Festival; two concerts in Carnegie Hall with The Cecilia Chorus and Orchestra where he is Music Director, including the New York premiere of the 1983 “Mass in D” by Dame Ethel Smyth; and a series of collaborative performances of new music with Cantori New York where he is Artistic Director, with prominent artists including violist Nadia Sirota and New York stage actor Kathleen Chalfant.
Shapiro is the principal guest conductor of the chamber Nova Sinfonia in Halifax NS, through which he knows many of the PEI Symphony musicians.
In an effort to make tickets more affordable for PEI families and music fans, the PEI Symphony has announced lower pricing for season subscriptions, now only $110 for adults and seniors, and $50 for students and children. That represents a reduction of $30 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for students. Each subscription provides tickets for four PEISO concerts, bringing the per concert cost to $27.50 for adults and seniors and only $12.50 for students. We are happy to confirm that there is no HST for PEISO subscriptions! Call 892-4333 to reserve yours today!
The PEI Symphony is delighted to partner with Cedar’s Eatery with the latest edition of our popular “Symphony and Supper” special offer. Bring two ticket stubs from the February 10th concert, order two entrées, and receive 50% off the second entrée. Offer valid Sunday February 10th from 4pm to 11pm or Monday February 11th all day, at Cedar’s Eatery at 81 University Avenue.
On Sunday April 14th the PEI Symphony Orchestra will present a concert celebrating Mozart, Canadian composers and the career and contributions of PEISO Conductor James Mark. This concert will be Dr. Mark’s last leading the PEI Symphony as Music Director. After more than twelve years of inspired leadership, and many more years of inestimable contributions to the PEISO, James Mark is retiring, and will become ‘Conductor Emeritus ‘ for the PEI Symphony Orchestra.
As the PEISO’s Music Director since 2000, James Mark has masterfully lead the PEISO’s dedicated and gifted musicians, shaping the musical collaboration to a high level of artistic excellence and professionalism befitting the premiere orchestra of a provincial capital. Thanks to his talents and musicality, PEI audiences have enjoyed years of wonderful orchestral performances and his flair for concert programming that fostered in PEISO performers both young and mature, while providing orchestral music with great appeal.
On the program for this concert, Dr. Mark will lead the orchestra to perform Mozart’s very popular “Symphony No. 40 in g minor”, often called the “Great G Minor Symphony”. One of his most admired works, this tragic and emotional work is one of only two that Mozart wrote in a minor tonality, and has been described as “a work of passion, violence and grief” by Charles Rosen in The Classical Style.
Also on the program, the orchestra welcomes guest artist Patrick Ledwell as narrator for Camille Saint-Saëns’ multimedia work “Carnival of the Animals”; an early example of poetry set to orchestral music, and a brilliant example of the composers’ ability to musically describe his animal subjects so the audience can visualize them. For this work, the PEISO is delighted to welcome back two of our finest piano soloists: Dr. Frances Gray and Frances McBurnie. French composer Saint-Saëns penned this suite as entertainment for his friends and family and never meant for the piece for public consumption, but it certainly has become a global fan favourite. “A kangaroo can jump incredible. It has to jump because it’s edible!” Saint-Saëns’ motifs musically describe creatures ambling across the stage: lions, hens, wild asses, tortoises, an elephant, and the kangaroos skipping along to the pianos.
Jim O’Leary, the PEI Symphony’s Composer-in-Residence will see the world premiere of his latest work. A departure from his previous works, “Choose Other Routes” has been written for the acclaimed jazz trumpet performer Paul Tynan, who will be its featured soloist. O’Leary has dedicated this work to retiring music director James Mark. According to Jim “the only honest attitude of an artist is to express himself, to bring something in which one really believes. Because to follow the tastes of other people, to try to please them, it’s a false direction.” – Witold Lutoslawski.
The PEI Symphony is delighted to partner with Cedar’s Eatery with the latest edition of our popular “Symphony and Supper” special offer. Bring two ticket stubs from the April 14th concert, order two entrées, and receive 50% off the second entrée. Offer valid Sunday April 14th from 4pm to 11pm or Monday April 15th all day, at Cedar’s Eatery at 81 University Avenue.
To help make it easy for families to enjoy the beauty and power of live orchestral music, the PEI Symphony continues to offer discounted tickets for children and students at $15 for any seat in the house.
Celebrate your PEI Symphony!
The PEI Symphony Fruit Sale at the Charlottetown Farmer’s Market is CANCELLED today due to this big storm. We’re still planning and hoping to have fruit for sale in the lobby at our concert tomorrow.
The forecast for Sunday is still calling for the blizzard to wind down by morning. We are not able to reschedule a concert weekend – we either cancel or proceed – so as long as it’s safe for our musicians and patrons we will proceed. Our guest conductor is here in PEI and our rehearsals are underway even during the stormy weather. Each musician is making their own decision to attend the rehearsals at the Confederation Centre this afternoon.
During the day today we will work with our partners at the Confederation Centre to monitor the weather and will keep you posted via social media if anything changes. At this point it looks like the worst will be over by Sunday morning. So if you feel safe, we hope you will join us Sunday at 2:30pm as we Celebrate New Directions with:
The PEISO Fruit Sale is back! Beat the winter blues by biting into a taste of sunshine! Help support live orchestral music in PEI by purchasing some juicy naval oranges, or perfect pink grapefruit from us this year.
Still only $10 per bag, or pick up a half box $30 or full box $50 to really beat the blues! You can pick up your fruit order at any of the following locations:
On Brackley Point Road, right beside Chucker’s Trophies and across the street from Birt’s Furniture. The mailing address is 161 St. Peter’s Road, but the actual storefront is right on the Brackley Point Road in the old Canada Revenue building just before the mall. Many thanks to Fruit Sale sponsor R. Birt & Associates for donating the depot.
Our depot will be open on Fridays from 12pm to 6pm and Saturdays from 9am to 3pm.
Confederation Court Mall:
Our booth is located by the TD Canada Trust and we’ll be there on:
Charlottetown Farmer’s Market:
Our volunteers are at The Doctor’s Inn booth across from Island Taylored Meats, on:
Fruit will also be available for sale in the lobby during our concert Sunday February 10th at the Confederation Centre of the Arts.
To order by phone please call 892-4333 and leave a message, or send us a message to firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information call Dan at 388-6042, or Natalie at 892-4333.
These two great concerts for only $75 (adult), $70 seniors, and $20 children and students!
Call 892-4333 to order, or visit the Confederation Centre website.